2011 Oklahoma Tornadoes

May 25, 2011 by USA Post 

2011 Oklahoma Tornadoes2011 Oklahoma Tornadoes, A “major tornado outbreak” is expected to develop in the central U.S. states surrounding the area where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The National Weather Service is currently tracking two storms capable of producing tornadoes in western Missouri, including Kansas City.

A tornado watch, that is, the deadly storms may develop, was issued from Missouri to Illinois, including Indianapolis and St. Louis, according to the weather service. Memphis, downstream from where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers are in southern Illinois, is covered by the forecast center of the storm later today.

“The potential is increasingly a major tornado outbreak,” the center said. “Widespread wind damage and large hail are also a major concern in the night.”

Today’s outbreak came a day after tornadoes hit Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, killing 14 people, according to the Associated Press. Earlier this week, at least 122 people were killed by a tornado in Joplin, Missouri, the deadliest U.S. tornado in records dating back to 1950.

After the storms of yesterday, American Airlines, U.S. Air third largest, canceled more than 250 flights at its Dallas-Fort Worth center and took 62 aircraft from service to inspect the damage from hail, according to an e-mail from Tim Smith, spokesman for AMR Corp. (AMR)

Some flights were canceled due to the crews and planes were diverted to other cities during the storm.

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), based at Love Field in Dallas, which is expected to cancel or delay an undetermined number of flights, eight aircraft checked for damage, a spokesman said today.

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